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Black & Asian Writers & Literature -

Related categories: Poetry & Writing / Black, Asian & Other Diasporas /
Related booklists: Fiction - Black British Writers, Black and Asian Poets,

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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 37 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim
    Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves - by Glory Edim

    £14.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781409189275 | ISBN 10: 1409189279

    Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives – but not everyone regularly sees themselves reflected on the pages of a book. ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography by Benjamin Zephaniah
    The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography - by Benjamin Zephaniah

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781471168956 | ISBN 10: 1471168956

    *BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week*  Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life.   In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations by Toni Morrison
    A Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations - by Toni Morrison

    £20.00   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781784742850 | ISBN 10: 1784742856

    A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time.  ‘Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference—the way i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim
    Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves - by Glory Edim

    £16.99   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780525619772 | ISBN 10: 0525619771

    Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their lives--but not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book. In this time ... more

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  • Cover image of book Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
    Night Sky with Exit Wounds - by Ocean Vuong

    £10.00   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781911214519 | ISBN 10: 1911214519

    Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize Winner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the Year PBS Summer Recommendation  An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sk ... more

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  • Cover image of book Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde
    Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems - by Audre Lorde

    £12.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780995716223 | ISBN 10: 0995716226

    Audre Lorde (1934-1992) described herself as 'Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet'. Born in New York, she had her first poem published while still at school and her last the year she died of cancer. Her extraordinary belief in the power of language ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
    The Origin of Others - by Toni Morrison

    £18.95   hardback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780674976450 | ISBN 10: 0674976452

    America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers by Various writers, edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates
    The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers - by Various writers, edited by Hollis Robbins and Henry Louis Gates

    £16.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780143105992 | ISBN 10: 014310599x

    A landmark collection documenting the social, political, and artistic lives of African American women throughout the tumultuous nineteenth century.   The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers is the most comprehensive ant ... more

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  • Cover image of book Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
    Known and Strange Things - by Teju Cole

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780571328062 | ISBN 10: 0571328067

    A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief.  With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature – many of which have become viral sensatio ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Girl Who Ate Books: Adventures in Reading by Nilanjana Roy
    The Girl Who Ate Books: Adventures in Reading - by Nilanjana Roy

    £10.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9789350297117 | ISBN 10: 9350297116

    From Bankimchandra Chatterjee to G.V. Desani to Vikram Seth, Indian writing in English has come a long way over the last hundred years. And Nilanjana Roy – voracious eater of books and sharpest of critics – has taken stock of it all.   On ... more

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  • Cover image of book Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer by Ngugi wa Thiong
    Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer - by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    £14.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781846559891 | ISBN 10: 1846559898

    As a young student, internationally renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong’o found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa were in the final throes of their independence str ... more

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    'Bitter with the Past but Sweet with the Dream': Communism in the African American Imaginary - by Cathy Bergin

    £21.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781608466399 | ISBN 10: 1608466396

    Most literary critics take it for granted that mid-century African-American writers considered the Communist movement to be incapable of comprehending and responding to racial oppression.  In this groundbreaking study, Cathy Bergin argues that i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Love + Hate: Stories and Essays by Hanif Kureishi
    Love + Hate: Stories and Essays - by Hanif Kureishi

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780571319701 | ISBN 10: 057131970x

    Hate skews reality even more than love.   In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi's acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka's relationship with his father, readers ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin by Michele Elam
    The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin - by Michele Elam

    £17.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781107618183 | ISBN 10: 1107618185

    This Companion offers fresh insight into the art and politics of James Baldwin, one of the most important writers and provocative cultural critics of the twentieth century. Black, gay, and gifted, he was hailed as a 'spokesman for the race', although ... more

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  • Cover image of book Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation by Trimiko Melancon
    Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation - by Trimiko Melancon

    £18.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781439911464 | ISBN 10: 1439911460

    Unbought and Unbossed examines black womens literary and cultural production of the 1970s and early 1980s. Considering texts in the socio-cultural and historical moments of their production, Trimiko Melancon analyzes representations of black women t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London by Mohsin Hamid
    Discontent and its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York and London - by Mohsin Hamid

    £16.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780241146309 | ISBN 10: 0241146305

    Discontent and its Civilizations is the essential first collection of non fiction from Mohsin Hamid.  Discontent and its Civilizations collects the best of Mohsin Hamid's writing on subjects as diverse and wide-ranging as Pakistan; fatherhood; t ... more

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  • Cover image of book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack
    Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture - by Ytasha L. Womack

    £14.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781613747964 | ISBN 10: 1613747969

    An educational and entertaining guide to sci-fi and fantasy within African American culture 2014 Locus Awards Finalist, Nonfiction Category   In this hip, accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Wom ... more

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  • Cover image of book Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination by Celeste-Marie Bernier
    Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination - by Celeste-Marie Bernier

    £35.95   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780813933245 | ISBN 10: 0813933242

    Across the centuries, the acts and arts of black heroism have inspired a provocative, experimental, and self-reflexive intellectual, political, and aesthetic tradition. In Characters of Blood, Celeste-Marie Bernier illuminates the ways in which six i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hidden Gems Volume Two: Contemporary Black British Plays by Deirdre Osborne (Editor)
    Hidden Gems Volume Two: Contemporary Black British Plays - by Deirdre Osborne (Editor)

    £17.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781849431484 | ISBN 10: 1849431485

    Includes the plays A Bitter Herb, The Far Side, Identity, Mary Seacole, Absolution, and Urban Afro-Saxons.  This second and sister volume to Hidden Gems showcases a further range of plays by Black British writers whose work reaches beyond the ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir by Alice Walker
    The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir - by Alice Walker

    £12.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781780220062 | ISBN 10: 1780220065

    When Alice Walker grew up in the deep south of America, her family always kept chickens - for meat and for eggs - and her job was to chase down the Sunday dinner! In later life, when she settled in Mexico and was growing her own food, she realised ho ... more

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  • Cover image of book Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison
    Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man - by Barbara Foley

    £23.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780822348290 | ISBN 10: 0822348292

    In Wrestling with the Left, Barbara Foley presents a penetrating analysis of the creation of Invisible Man. In the process she sheds new light not only on Ralph Ellisons celebrated novel but also on his early radicalism and the relationship between ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe
    The Education of a British-Protected Child - by Chinua Achebe

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780141043616 | ISBN 10: 014104361x

    The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on home and family, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe's lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship.   For the first ... more

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  • Cover image of book Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
    Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays - by Zadie Smith

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780141019468 | ISBN 10: 0141019468

    How did George Eliot's love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? Can you be over-dressed for the Oscars? What is Italian Feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the Author, ... more

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    I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't - and Other Plays - by Sonia Sanchez, edited by Jacqueline Wood

    £16.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780822347781 | ISBN 10: 0822347784

    Sonia Sanchez is a prolific, award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts movement. This collection brings her plays together in one volume for the first time.   Like her poetry, Sanchezs plays voice her critiqu ... more

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  • Cover image of book British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices by Sarah Upstone
    British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices - by Sarah Upstone

    £16.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780719078330 | ISBN 10: 0719078334

    This is the first text to focus solely on the writing of British writers of South Asian descent born or raised in Britain. Exploring the unique contribution of these writers, it positions their work within debates surrounding black British, diasporic ... more

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  • Cover image of book Excising the Spirit: A Literary Analysis of Female Circumcision by Linda Strong-Leek
    Excising the Spirit: A Literary Analysis of Female Circumcision - by Linda Strong-Leek

    £21.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781592216758 | ISBN 10: 1592216757

    Excising the Spirit: A Literary Analysis of Female Circumcision delves into one of the most complex issues of the modern era, female circumcision, or female genital mutilation. The issue of female circumcision catapulted into the mainstream after the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Constructing Incest Stories: Black Women
    Constructing Incest Stories: Black Women's Voices in Fact and Fiction - by Dorothy L. Hurley and E. Anthony Hurley

    £21.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781592217113 | ISBN 10: 1592217117

    Constructing Incest Stories: Black Womens Voices in Fact and Fiction provides a highly original perspective on incest by an illuminating fusion of social science research and literary analysis.   The analysis of the process of the constructi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience by Ziauddin Sardar
    Balti Britain: A Journey Through the British Asian Experience - by Ziauddin Sardar

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9781847080820 | ISBN 10: 1847080820

    Ziauddin Sardar, whose acclaimed Desperately Seeking Paradise demystified Islam, gives his humane, sharp and witty perspective on the experience of being a British Asian. Sardar travels to the main Asian communities in the UK, to Leicester and Bi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Basrayatha: The Story of a City by Muhammad Khudayyir
    Basrayatha: The Story of a City - by Muhammad Khudayyir

    £7.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781844672332 | ISBN 10: 1844672336

    Basrayatha is a literary tribute by author Muhammad Khudayyir to the city of his birth, Basra, on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in southern Iraq. Just as a citys inhabitants differ from outsiders through their knowledge of its streets and stories, so ... more

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  • Cover image of book What the Chinese Don
    What the Chinese Don't Eat - by Xinran

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780099501527 | ISBN 10: 009950152x

    In June 2003 Xinran began writing about China for her weekly column in the Guardian. She has covered a vast range of topics from food to sex education, and from the experiences of British mothers who have adopted Chinese daughters, to whether Chinese ... more

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  • Cover image of book Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States by Gary Younge
    Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States - by Gary Younge

    £13.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781595580689 | ISBN 10: 1595580689

    Black, opinionated, and from a working-class background, Gary Younge is not your typical foreign correspondent. Yet, in three years working for The Guardian newspaper in New York, Younge has aquired a transatlantic reputation as one of the most thoug ... more

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  • Cover image of book Write Black, Write British: From Post Colonial to Black British Literature by Edited by Kadija Sesay
    Write Black, Write British: From Post Colonial to Black British Literature - by Edited by Kadija Sesay

    £14.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9781870518062 | ISBN 10: 1870518063

    Write Black, Write British examines the new Black British writers in Britain, writing about Britain from a specific British perspective - inscribed in Black. This collection of essays puts the work of British born writers of African and Caribbean par ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Ear At His Heart: Reading My Father by Hanif Kureishi
    My Ear At His Heart: Reading My Father - by Hanif Kureishi

    £7.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780571224043 | ISBN 10: 0571224040

    Hanif Kureishi offers a remarkable insight into the birth of a writer - himself - through this memoir that conjures up a family story of how he found his own literary calling from the ashes of his father's attempts to be a writer. The wellspring of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance by A. B. Christa Schwarz
    Gay Voices of the Harlem Renaissance - by A. B. Christa Schwarz

    £16.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780253216076 | ISBN 10: 0253216079

    This groundbreaking study explores the Harlem Renaissance as a literary phenomenon fundamentally shaped by same-sex-interested men. Christa Schwarz focuses on Counte Cullen, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Richard Bruce Nugent and explores these ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Dynamics of African Feminism: Defining and Classifying African Feminist Literatures by Susan Arndt (editor)
    The Dynamics of African Feminism: Defining and Classifying African Feminist Literatures - by Susan Arndt (editor)

    £26.99   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780865438989 | ISBN 10: 0865438986

    In her book, Susan Arndt discusses and defines the nature of African feminism and African-feminist literatures. Taking account of African-feminist literatures heterogeneity as well, in a second step its varieties are discussed and grouped into a cla ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    A Raisin in the Sun - by Lorraine Hansberry

    £10.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780413762405 | ISBN 10: 0413762408

    In south side Chicago, Walter Lee, a black chauffeur, dreams of a better life, and hopes to use his father's life insurance money to open a liquor store. His mother, who rejects the liquor business, uses some of the money to secure a proper house for ... more

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  • Cover image of book Race Matters by Cornel West
    Race Matters - by Cornel West

    £12.99   paperback   (2001) - ISBN 13: 9780679749868 | ISBN 10: 0679749861

    With a new introduction, the groundbreaking classic Race Matters affirms its position as the bestselling, most influential, and most original articulation of the urgent issues in America's ongoing racial debate. Cornel West is at the forefront of ... more

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